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Telecaster with Lollar Firebird neck pickup

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Jackson753, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. Jackson753

    Jackson753 Tele-Meister

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    Hi,
    I am thinking of putting a Lollar Firebird neck pickup in my telecaster it has the route for a Humbucker.
    I don't understand the mounting part. I like the look of the Firebird pickups on Gibsons however they are not mounted onto a pick guard. I was thinking can I just get the same thing and mount it on the the telecaster pickguard?
     
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    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    screws and springs should work or foam and screws if you want to go into the wood.

    or I guess you could use a ring too. I've never liked the pickup ring on a pickguard look especially, but If you do I bet you could make it work well enough.
     
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    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    If you're looking at a Lollar Firebird mini-hum, better check your pickguard routing dimensions, as the Lollar covers sizes are bit larger than vintage specs.
     
  4. Wallaby

    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    If they were ring-mounted, would Firebird pickups use mini-humbucker mounting rings?

    I've done a bit of reading about that, and it's... weird.

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    I just re-read the instructions at Stewmac, and it seems that the ring and pickup both adjust in height together, which is what I remember as being strange.
     
  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Brent Mason Signature guitar has a mini humbucker (not a Firebird) with a ring.

    I see how the pickup and ring combo could be designed to go up and down together, basically putting a humbucker in a P90 route and need to fill it up somehow so they just decided to lock them together and treat the whole thing as a P90 soapbar.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I'd mount straight to the guard, using springs and screws. Here's one of my FB pickups:

    20210225_173002.jpg
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    A Firebird pickup can be pickguard mounted with no ring. Ah... @BorderRadio's advice popped up as I was writing this.
     
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    We were able to put Gibson Firebird V pickups on the pickguard of my guitar:

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    Killing Floor Tele-Afflicted

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    Lollar TBird pups are fierce. That will be cool.
     
  10. theprofessor

    theprofessor Poster Extraordinaire

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    The best single pickup i have in any guitar is a Firebird pickup in the neck of a tele. But it’s not a Lollar. It’s a Cavalier Phoenix Firebird that Rob overwound a bit. If Rob has materials to make these now, i’d highly recommend checking it out. I mounted mine directly to the mini-hum/Firebird guard that Klein sells.
     
  11. Jackson753

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    I'm thinking now that direct mounting is the better route.
     
  12. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    My Squier, pickup mounted to pickguard.
    It's the duck's guts IMG_20200515_125111.jpg
     
  13. Jackson753

    Jackson753 Tele-Meister

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    That looks tidy and it's adjustable without a headache. Thankfully you guys came forward with some useful advise.
    Thank you!
     
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  14. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

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    As already mentioned, don't forget to check out Cavalier's Phoenix (Firebird) pickup, quality products and Rob's a gem to deal with ....

    https://www.cavalierpickups.com/phoenix.html
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Remember, once you’ve done it we want pics.
    For future reference.
     
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